"Ah, the Mall of America. The biggest mall in the entire United States, right in Bloomington, Minnesota. A bastion of safety and security--or not."
Do it for the professors (Login Required)
"I feel like Not Office Hours (title is a work in progress) could be hugely successful. Professors could have a break from all our problems and get a few of their own off their chest. Tea could and should be involved. Let’s take a break from talking about the papers we haven’t started, the data we have yet to collect and put some effort into the real beauty of Carleton: conversation and procrastination."
Exploring the depths of "religious liberty" (Login Required)
"If you’ve haven’t heard enough of the catch-all term “religious liberty,” check the headlines again."
Moral defiance (Login Required)
"In our liberal democracy, law, as opposed to the arbitrary whims of our politicians, is the source of order and authority. The principle of the rule of law protects all of us from decrees that would serve to harm us and undermine our freedoms and rights, while also protecting us from our fellow citizens’ own transgressions. Without such a principle in place, stability would surely give in to chaos, and the life we have grown accustomed to would be an impossibility."
An identity beyond the Internet (Login Required)
"Youth struggle with this constant obnoxious labeling by their elders. Just because we may frequent sites like BuzzFeed and other arenas of trends does not mean we are only the trends we like. Such labeling is ageism, clear and simple. All of us are complex human beings and should not be represented by the little things that may make us laugh."
As shallow as ever (Login Required)
"Another day, another fad. Faster than any one person can detect, the magic of the Internet transforms mundane, droll ideas first into comedic or sensationalistic gold, then into social phenomena, then into ironically-flogged dead horses, and finally into more specks on the obsolete ash-heap of Internet history, where they join the ranks of Rick Astley, Nyan Cat, Kony 2012, and all the other short-lived crazes that routinely spark interest online, remembered but unreferenced."
First year fear (Login Required)
"Of the many social transitions a freshman makes coming to Carleton, among the most shocking is being at the bottom of the totem pole. After spending four years climbing to the top of the ladder in high school, Carleton freshmen fear that, once again, they’re the outcasts. And to a freshman, there’s nothing more terrifying than the judgement of an upperclassman (although calling your professor “Mom” is a close second)."
Talking quickly, not sensibly (Login Required)
"There are many ways human shallowness expresses itself in our modern world: the constant whizz-bang nothingness of 24-hour cable news, fast food culture, diet fads, Donald Trump. In a hyper-complex world, we crave ease and convenience; if not simplicity in material, then at least bite-size portions. Nothing, though, feeds this natural tendency towards shallowness better than the immediacy and reactivity of the Internet."
Tinderella: the rise of the modern love story (Login Required)
"The rise of the modern love story, what I would term Tinderella, traces its roots to the 1960s, where online dating first became a possibility with the emergence of the first computer dating services."
Writer: Student body needs to rethink its priorities (Login Required)
"I need to talk about the Carleton bubble. I haven’t really talked to anybody about the Carleton bubble since I was a freshman, but that is not, I think, something that indicates it has burst. Rather, it seems to me that it is no longer a dangling feature of Carleton, but instead a defining component of this school—something not fought against or even joked about, but taken for granted and even appreciated by everyone who is a part of this community."
The downside of academic rigor (Login Required)
"As notable educator Kurt Hahn said, “Education must enable young people to effect what they have recognized to be right, despite hardships, despite dangers, despite inner skepticism, despite boredom and despite mockery from the world.” Can Carleton claim to be helping us in this regard, or is this something simply beyond the scope of a four-year collegiate institution? I’m not sure, but I believe it is at least worth considering."
Blinded by the liberal arts mind-set (Login Required)
"As it stands now, I am armed with higher-order thinking skills, but I have no concept of what jobs I can pursue nor how to pursue them. Carleton gave me knowledge, but I do not know how to use what I have learned, and so what use is that knowledge anyway?"